||Evening departure from Kansas City, or your city of
choice, to Chicago. Overnight flight to Tel Aviv on El Al Airlines, Israels
exclusive national airline. El Al is probably the safest airline on earth.
||Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where our guide and
our bus driver will escort us to our beautiful hotel in Tel Aviv. All buses are the state
of the art new ones with huge windows. Dinner and overnight.
||Breakfast at the hotel, short drive to Caesarea. Travel north through the Valley of Sharon
to Mt. Carmel where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal, overlooking the Valley of
Armageddon and Mt. Tabor.
||Well begin the day at the headwaters of the Jordan River at the foot of Mt. Hermon. This is
reputed to be the site of Peter's confession "You are the Son of God".
The next stop is the breathtaking views from the Golan Heights. Traveling south, we
descend to the Sea of Galilee
and return to our hotel, dinner and overnight.
||Galilee. We travel south through the Hula Valley to
the Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, then cross the
Sea of Galilee by boat to Tiberias and lunch on the shore.. Well have a Baptismal
service at the Jordan River, and anyone wanting to be baptized in the Jordan is welcome to
participate. Return to our hotel, dinner and overnight.
||Today well travel south through the Jordan
River Valley. There are some fascinating ruins to visit, including Jewish, Greek, and
Roman. On to Jericho
and then "Up to Jerusalem." Dinner and overnight at
ascend the Mt. of Olives. You can see the Eastern Gate and Kidron Valley from
here. Well then travel down to the Garden of Gethsemane and then over to Mt. Moriah.
travel next along the eastern wall to the City of David, Bethlehem. Then we visit Mount
Zion and tour the Temple Mount and the Tomb
of King David. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
||Today well visit the Wailing Wall and
an incredible excavated tunnel which dates back to ancient times. Well tour
the Shrine of the Book where the
Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and see a model
of what Jerusalem was like at the time of Jesus. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
||Dead Sea-Massada-Qumran. This morning well
descend to the Plains of Jericho, viewing Mt. Nebo where Moses died. We drive along the
Dead Sea to Massada.
This is the site where 960 Jewish defenders organized their last resistance to the Romans
in 70 AD, and then, to avoid capture, finally took their own lives. Well go to this
amazing desert fortress by cable car.
Our next stop is the Dead Sea for lunch. You will love taking a buoyant "unsinkable
Return north to Qumran
and visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Return to Jerusalem
||Old City of Jerusalem. Well enter the Old City
through St. Stephen's Gate, then visit the Pool of Bethesda and the Praetorium. This
was the site of the public trial and condemnation of Christ. Follow the road Christ took
to the cross. Visit the Garden
Tomb for communion.
||After a special inspirational service, well
have lunch in the Old City. Your afternoon will be free for shopping or walking the walls
of Old Jerusalem.
||More unforgettable time in Jerusalem. Finally, we
travel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. We have a farewell dinner and transfer to the airport
for our final evening in Israel.
||Depart Tel Aviv in the very early morning for our
overnight return flight. Arrive Chicago in the morning, and on to Kansas City or your own
city of origin.